You want to start a possible firestorm in a conversation? Mention the word “music.” Even writing about this causes me to cringe a bit. There is much debate about the kind of music being used today in our churches. May I kindly offer the following?
Often the cry is heard, “We don’t sing the old hymns in our church anymore,” or “I sure miss the old hymns,” or “These old hymns will die if we don’t sing them in church.” No matter whether that is the case or not, may I ask, as I was reminded recently, “Do you sing hymns at home?”
The best place to learn the great hymns of the faith is at home. Sing them at supper. Sing them in the car. Sing them around the fire pit. Sing them during your family devotions. Sing them on the way to church. Sing them while holding your child in your arms. Sing them while washing dishes. Sing them at family gatherings.
On any given Sunday, a congregation may sing around 30 minutes. How many opportunities do you have at home each week? Take advantage of those hours to disciple and worship with your family and guests. Make your home a house of praise! I have a hunch your worship time on Sunday will be more Godward-focused and heart-expressed.
Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people (Psalm 9:1).
I will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me (Psalm 13:6).
Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name (Psalm 18:36).
Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy (Psalm 33:3).
Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord (Ephesians 5:18).
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:16).
Thank the Lord He created music! Sing!!